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AFTE News Archives- 2012

Below you will find news items posted to the AFTE Home page for the year 2012.  Most of the links included with each news item will still provide you with additional information but be advised, the pages that these links refer to have probably been updated several times since these news items were posted.  Also, some of the pages linked to may no longer exist.


 

Monday, November 5, 2012

 

The Fall 2012 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Monday, September 10, 2012

The next AFTE Certification On-Line written test is approaching; October 22 - November 2.  Please submit your test application(s), fees, and proctor contact information to the AFTE Certification Programs Chairman (Robert Thompson) by COB October 12. 

Information and forms can be found on the AFTE Certification page. 

Open season dates for 2013 will be announced when confirmed.  We plan to have four open seasons, each for two weeks.

Robert M. Thompson
Certification Committee Chair

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

 

The Summer 2012 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

 

The summaries and pictures of the AFTE 2012 Annual Training Seminar are posted.  Click here to see them.  

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The next AFTE Certification On-Line written test is approaching; August 20-31.  Please submit your test application(s), fees, and proctor contact information to the AFTE Certification Programs Chairman (Robert Thompson) by COB August 13. 

Information and forms cab be found on the AFTE Certification page. 

You can also apply for the following open season; October 22-November 2.

Robert M. Thompson
Certification Committee Chair

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Firearms Analysis 2012

 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) and the
Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) is hosting a two-day conference exploring measurement science and standards in the
forensic discipline of firearms analysis.

The free conference will be webcast live starting at 9amET on July 10.  Visit: go.usa.gov/wZu on the day of the event to access the webcast. Follow
the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NISTForensics. Participants will be able to submit questions via Twitter during the event.

Thanks for your consideration,
John Paul - LESO/NIST

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

 

AFTE 2013

Initial information regarding the 44th Annual Training Seminar has been posted.  You can access it by clicking on the AFTE 2013 logo in the right margin.

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

If you are looking for any last minute workshops to add, there have been a couple of cancellations.  Spots are available in the following classes.

  • IBIS Correlation Review (Sunday) - 3 Spots

  • Kimber 1911 (Friday) - 1 Spot

 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

There are still two spots open in the Redding Reloading Workshop.  In addition, a spot has opened up in the Machine Gun Conversion Workshop.  Add them to your registration, before they disappear.

 

Friday, June 1, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

Please let all your friends and family that will be joining you in Buffalo that we will have a hospitality suite available for them to use on the following days:
 
Sunday, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Monday, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Wednesday, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Thursday, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Friday, 10:00AM-5:00PM

 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chris Monturo, with the support of the AFTE Sickness & Distress Committee as well as the 2012 AFTE Training Seminar Host Committee has graciously donated 5 AR-15 lowers to benefit the Kelsi Crutchfield Scholarship Fund to be raffled off at the 2012 meeting in Buffalo.  Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The AFTE Written Certification Test is Going On-Line!


Applications must be received by COB May 11, 2012 for the On-Line AFTE Certification Test (Written)

The due date is fast approaching for the first on-line AFTE Certification Tests. The “open season” for taking the tests is May 21 to June 1 for qualified applicants and their designated proctors.

The application process is basically the same; fill out the application form describing which tests you want to take (form link on the Certification Program page), pay the fees with PayPal, or send a check with the application forms. You can mail the hard copy and check to the Chairman’s mailing address. The change is that a designated proctor and his/her contact information MUST be named in the application information. (Members that have already applied need not reapply.)

The approximate 2 week “open season” allows the applicant and proctor convenience in scheduling the test. Further instructions and forms requirements will be sent to the applicant and proctor.

If you are not able to take the upcoming test offering, you can still apply to take tests in the next two open seasons that are planned for August 20-31, and October 22-November 2. Make sure you indicate this in your application.

Robert M. Thompson, AFTE Certification Programs Chairman

 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

As of April 26, 2012 the Hyatt is sold out for the days of our conference.  Please read below for info on the overflow hotel.

Overflow Hotel

Comfort Suites Downtown Buffalo
601 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
716-854-5500

www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-buffalo-new_york-NY200

Please let them know you are with AFTE when you call to make reservations.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Firearms Analysis 2012

 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) and the Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) is hosting a two-day conference exploring measurement science and standards in the forensic discipline of firearms analysis.

Click here to open their website containing further information.

 

 

Monday, March 26, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

If you have a child 12 and under and would like for them to attend the banquet, please contact Jennifer Coombs.

 

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of the AFTE News has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Message from the President

 

I am honored to announce that after consultation with both the Member of the Year Committee and the Howe family, the Board of Directors unanimously has agreed to the following proposal;

Proposal to Rename the Member of the Year Award to the Walter J. Howe Award

The purpose of the following is to rename the Member of the Year Award to the Walter J. Howe Award. Mr. Howe served his country with honor and distinction during World War II, during which he was the Chief Armament Inspector at the Army Ordnance Office in Fort Dix, New Jersey. After the war, Mr. Howe worked for several publishing companies before taking the position of Director of Research and Development at Marlin Firearms Company in North Haven, CT. While touring the facility, U.S. Army Major General Julian Hatcher proposed that Mr. Howe join the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Washington, DC. When the NRA brought Mr. Howe to Washington, they were looking for an individual with not only an extensive knowledge of firearms, but also an individual with vision and drive to provide both advice and guidance on the future direction of their organization. Mr. Howe more than satisfied all of these requirements. Mr. Howe became the Editor of the American Rifleman magazine in 1953, a post he retained until 1966. While with the magazine, Mr. Howe published articles by Jack Weller (of Hatcher, Jury, and Weller fame) on the fundamentals of forensic firearm identification. This was done to increase the awareness and raise the level of knowledge and was a first for a magazine whose readers were typically devoted to hunting and shooting.

In the early 1960s, he became a member, and then a Fellow, of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Because of the increasing size and the number of disciplines in the AAFS, Mr. Howe recognized the need for a group exclusively for firearm and tool mark examination. Thirty-five men met in Chicago, IL, back in 1969 to form the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE). Mr. Howe was selected to be the first president of the association. In addition to being president, Mr. Howe became the editor of the AFTE Newsletter. His focus was to promote the exchange of information to raise the level of professionalism within the discipline. It is still what AFTE strives to achieve. Certainly the argument can be made that without Mr. Howe AFTE would not exist and it would not be the type of organization it is today. To many members, Mr. Howe was so much more than the first President of AFTE. He was also a mentor, an advisor, and most importantly, a role model. Mr. Howe served as an example to all of us of the things we could be capable of if only we worked hard enough and never compromised our standards or integrity. The current Member of the Year Committee Chair and its members have unanimously and wholeheartedly agreed that this prestigious award’s name should be changed. Since the purpose of this annual award is to recognize individuals who have assisted AFTE in an outstanding manner, it is all together fitting that this award be named the Walter J. Howe Award.

Very Respectfully Submitted
Dan B. Gunnell
43rd AFTE President

 

Monday, March 12, 2012

The application period for admission to the 2012-2013 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open to all qualified candidates.

 

The NFEA provides training for apprentice/entry level firearm and toolmark examiners from Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The Academy curriculum is composed of the fundamentals of firearms & toolmark examinations and serves as a basis for the trainee, under supervision, to develop into a qualified firearm and toolmark examiner. The application deadline for the 2012 - 2013 session of the NFEA is July 31, 2012. The start date for training is dependent on receipt of funding and the schedule may be adjusted accordingly. It is anticipated that the class would start in October 2012.

 

Additional information and the application form are available below.

 

2012-2013 NFEA Information

 

2012-2013 NFEA Overview

 

2012-2013 NFEA Application

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

In lieu of a formal golf tourney this year, I am offering those interested in getting out and enjoying the day the opportunity to play a round of golf at one of the local courses.

If you are interested, please email me at afte2012reg@gmail.com

Mark Shaw

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

AFTE On-Line Certification Test Update and Information

The AFTE Certification Programs Committee has been hard at work this last year updating the written test, and preparing for an on-line version. The final preparations for the installation of the on-line test is planned to be completed in the next few months, hopefully on or before the next AFTE Training Conference in Buffalo, New York. Therefore, there will not be written tests traditionally offered the Sunday prior to the conference. We are certain that offering these tests on-line will benefit those members who cannot attend the AFTE Training Conferences regularly, and offer a more convenient way to begin or expand on their certification.

It is planned that the application process and cost will remain unchanged, so if you are still contemplating taking the test, please submit your applications as currently detailed on the AFTE Certification web pages.

When the test installation is complete, more information, details, and instructions will be announced.

Robert M. Thompson, Chair-Certification Programs

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

Registration for the 2012 AFTE Annual Training Seminar is now open!

 

Attendees can register by clicking here.

 

Exhibitors can register by clicking here.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

 

AFTE 2012

The initial listing of Workshops for the 2012 Annual Training Seminar have been added to the Seminar webpage.  Click here to see what training opportunities are available at this year's meeting.  Check back regularly for additional workshops.

 

Registration will open on February 15, 2012!!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chris Monturo, with the support of the AFTE Sickness & Distress Committee as well as the 2012 AFTE Training Seminar Host Committee has graciously donated 5 AR-15 lowers to benefit the Kelsi Crutchfield Scholarship Fund to be raffled off at the 2012 meeting in Buffalo.  Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Winter 2012 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

AFTE 2012 - Attention International Members

 

For those international members that require a letter of invitation in order to receive a Visa, we now have a link set up to email Mark Shaw (2012 Registration).  Once he receives your email, he will get one to you as soon as possible.  Click here to be redirected to our letter of invitation page.

 

 

 




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